Apr 22, 2009 News
The relatives of a 15-year-old schoolboy of Essequibo Islands Secondary School, who allegedly lost his gold chain while in the custody of policemen, have been told that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has advised that they ought to take private action.
They now say that they are disappointed with the decision.
The teen was attending his school sports on a community ground on the island on October 10, last, when a member of the Community Policing Group who belongs to the same village as the schoolboy arrested him and took him to the Sans Souci Police Station.
The boy told this newspaper that there were two policemen present at the station when he was taken there.
He was eventually stripped of all his belongings and clothing, except for his underwear.
Among the articles he alleges that were taken from him were a gold chain, a silver chain, a watch and $500. He was then placed in the lock-ups.
Two hours later, the teen’s grandfather learnt of the matter and went to the police station.
There he learnt of the allegation against his grandson and asked the CPG member to accept an apology.
One rank attached to the station allegedly took the boy’s belongings to the lock ups where he was being held, minus the gold chain, which was valued at $48,000.
The boy’s grandfather told this newspaper that the policemen admitted that there was indeed a gold chain but they could not find it. The policemen even conducted searches on the student but without success.
A formal report was lodged at the station on the matter and investigations were carried out by the police themselves.
After realising that there has been no development in the matter since that date, the boy’s sister who resides on the Essequibo Coast went to the Commander’s Office to find out what was causing the delay. There she was told that the family had to take private action.
Kaieteur News contacted the Commander’s Office and it was confirmed that the relatives have been advised by the DPP to take private action. The Commander informed that he only received the DPP’s advice last week.
The two policemen have since been transferred from the Wakenaam Police Station while the CPG member is still stationed there.
Teachers who were conducting the sports that day were unaware that the schoolboy was taken by the CPG rank from the ground.
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